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24 C.J. Cron DH
Height/Weight: 6-4/235 | Birthdate: 1/5/1990 | Birthplace: Fullerton, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Los Angeles | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 21/10 | Average Draft Position: 252.33
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Angels' C.J. Cron goes 4 for 4 in win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2015) Angels first baseman C.J. Cron went 4 for 4 in Tuesday's win over Minnesota. 

Cron recorded his third four-hit game of the season. He went 4 for 4 on April 26 and 4 for 5 on July 5. 

In the 12 games Cron has played in July, he has six multi-hit games. 


Angel's Albert Pujols gets break from field


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2015)  Angels first baseman Albert Pujols will start at DH, getting a break from the field in Monday's game. It will be his 21st start at DH.

Pujols has started 69 games at first and four of the last five. He'll be replaced by C.J. Cron for the second time in three games, however. Cron gets his 12th start. 


Angels' C.J. Cron hits two home runs in win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2015) Angels DH C.J. Cron hit two home runs in Friday's win over Seattle. 

Cron has hit in five straight games, going 12 for 21. He has three home runs and 11 RBI over the streak. 

Cron hit a solo shot and a two-run homer, giving him five for the year. It was his first multi-homer game since June 27 of last year. 


Angels 1B C.J. Cron continues hot streak through weekend


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/5/2015) Angels first baseman C.J. Cron enjoyed one of the best weekend series' of his baseball career.

Cron went 4 for 5 with a RBI and two runs on Sunday against the Rangers. The performance was just one day removed from a 3 for 4 outing on Saturday.

Over his last three games, Cron is hitting .571 with eight hits, a home run and eight RBI.


Angels' C.J. Cron homers, drives in six runs in blowout win Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/5/2015) Angels slugger C.J. Cron enjoyed a career-night at the plate on Saturday. Cron, who was serving as the designated hitter, went 3 for 4 with a career-best six RBI and a run scored, leading the Angels to a 13-0 win over the Rangers.

Cron had an RBI single in the second inning and a sacrifice fly in the third. He continued his big night with a three-run home run, his third of the year in the sixth inning, followed by a run-scoring double in the eighth.

This was by far the best game of Cron's career, as his previous high was three RBI in a single game. 


Angels' C.J. Cron hits second home run of season Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Angels first baseman C.J. Cron connected off CC Sabathia in the seventh inning for his second home run of the season during Monday's 4-1 win over the Yankees.

The solo shot was his only hit in three at-bats during the contest. Cron was recalled Monday. Prior to the game, Cron was hitting .150 with no extra-base hits in his last nine games.


Angels bring back 1B C.J. Cron


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2015) The Angels have called up first baseman C.J. Cron in time to face Yankees left-hander C.C. Sabathia on Monday.

Cron spent much of this season in the big leagues before going down on June 14 after a 3-for-20 slide. He finished his first stint with the Angels sporting a poor slash line of .204/.237/.269.


Angels recall Daniel Robertson; option C.J. Cron on Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2015) The Angels recalled outfielder Daniel Robertson from the minor leagues Sunday, reports the Orange County Register.

Robertson can play all three outfield positions and he will replace designated hitter C.J. Cron, who was optioned to Triple-A on Sunday.

"C.J. didn't get as many looks as we hoped," manager Mike Scioscia said. "We didn't see many at-bats for him, especially playing two games in the National League this Wednesday and Thursday [in Arizona]."


Angels bring back DH C.J. Cron


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2015) Angels designated hitter C.J. Cron, who faltered in May after a decent beginning of the season as a starter, is back in the majors.

Cron was promoted Saturday from Triple-A Salt Lake City, where he batted .333 with two home runs. A 6-for-47 slide that lowered his average from .275 to .204 prompted his demotion.

It's expected that Cron will get a chance to improve against right-handed pitching this time around.

"The game plan for C.J. was to get a lot of at-bats this year, not just be strictly platoon," Manager Mike Scioscia said, per the Orange County Register. "If it works out where he’s swinging it well and he’s hitting right-handers too and he matches up well, he’ll get more at-bats. If you want to play more, play better. If C.J. plays well he’ll earn at-bats for sure."

Prior to his demotion, Cron recorded just nine hits in 61 at-bats against right-handers.


Angels send C.J. Cron to minors; plan to call up Grant Green


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) The Angels optioned designated hitter C.J. Cron to Triple-A on Monday, reports MLB.com. Cron is hitting .204 with one home run in 98 at-bats this season.

"I wasn't playing much," Cron said, per MLB.com. "Obviously when you're not playing, you're doing something wrong, and the opportunity is not there for you to just prove you belong. I knew in the recent stretch there was a chance [of getting optioned].

"When you're getting at-bats every once in a while, it's hard to get your timing right. That's what I'm going down for, to get better timing and to start swinging like I know I can."

The team plans to call up outfielder Grant Green, sources told MLB.com. Green is 2 for 6 in three games for the Angels this season.


Angels' deciding if C.J. Cron should sit bench or play in minors


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Angels DH C.J. Cron is mired in a slump to start the season. Cron is hitting .200 with a .496 OPS. 

As a result, Cron has seen his playing time dwindle, starting just twice in the last 10 games.

Of course, with limited at bats, it will be tough for Cron to find his swing. The question the Angels must answer is whether Cron should stay on the Major League bench or go down to Triple-A to get regular playing time. 

"If you are getting at bats at the major league level you don’t have to get them seven days a week, but if you are getting them one day a week then there’s a discussion of what’s best for the team and what’s best for the player," manager Mike Scioscia said, per the Orange County Register. "C.J. has gotten enough at-bats where if he’s swinging like he can, he’d be contributing, but he hasn’t found that swing yet."


Angels move Albert Pujols to DH, C.J. Cron to first


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) The Angels gave Albert Pujols a day off from playing the field by moving the first baseman to designated hitter for Sunday's game. 

C.J. Cron, the normal DH, moves to first. It's the fourth time this season the Angels have made that position switch. 


Angels' C.J. Cron not in lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Angels designated hitter C.J. Cron is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Astros.

Cron has seen action in each of his team's previous matchups with lefties, but he'll take a seat Saturday despite lefty Dallas Keuchel's presence on the mound for the Astros. David Freese will server as the designated hitter, with Taylor Featherston sliding into the lineup at third base.

The Angels are slight favorites (-106) against the Astros, per VegasInsider.com.


Angels' Scioscia on C.J. Cron: 'We need him'


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Angels DH C.J. Cron is mired in a 2-for-26 slump. Manager Mike Scioscia benched him for one game on Thursday as he tries to help Cron make his way out of the cold spell.

"We’ve really tried to get him enough playing time to find his swing, but also giving him time to work on some stuff, mixing some guys in and out of the lineup," said Scioscia, per the Orange County Register. "We need him. We need his bat. We need his power. Hopefully he’ll start to get comfortable in the batters box and start being productive."


Angels 1B/DH C.J. Cron continues to struggle in loss on Monday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/5/2015) After having the previous two games off, Angels slugger C.J. Cron was back in the lineup on Monday against the Mariners. He went 0 for 3 in the 3-2 loss as the team's first baseman. Cron, who broke out in 2014 with 11 home runs, has left the yard just once this season. 

Cron's struggles, which includes an underwhelming .229 batting average, has caused him to lose playing time. He has appeared in just 19 of the team's 26 games thus far, and with several other DH options at manager Mike Scioscia's disposal, Cron could be in danger of seeing even less time if he doesn't improve at the plate.


Albert Pujols to DH for Angels on Sunday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) The Angels flip-flopped positions for two regulars on Sunday. Albert Pujols, who has started at first base in 17 of the team's 18 games, will play designated hitter. 

C.J. Cron, who has 13 starts at DH, will play first base. 

The Angels are -144 favorites at home against Texas. 


Angels C.J. Cron continues heating up with three-hit Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) When the season began, Angels designated hitter C.J. Cron couldn't buy a hit. Not he's pretty much hitting every other game. When he starts hitting every day, he'll truly be hot.

For now, he's lukewarm. But he did peak with a 3-for-4 performance Friday night against Texas. Cron doubled, singled twice and scored in the fourth to raise his average over .200 for the first time.

He has hit safely in just five of his last eight games, but managed multiple hits in three of them and has three doubles during that stretch.


Matt Joyce out of Angels' lineup vs. southpaw


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) With the Angels facing Texas lefthander Wandy Rodriguez on Friday, left fielder Matt Joyce is out of the starting lineup. 

Joyce has faced southpaws in just three of his 52 plate appearances this season. Collin Cowgill gets the start in left, batting seventh in the lineup. C.J. Cron is the DH, batting sixth. 

The Angels are -180 money line favorites against visiting Texas. 


Angels DH Cron continues comeback at the plate Tuesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Angels designated hitter C.J. Cron cannot be considered hot, but he is certainly not as cold as he was to start the season.

Cron continued his mini-surge with two hits and two runs scored Tuesday in a lopsided defeat of Oakland. He is 6-for-23 after starting the season hitless in 11 at-bats.

His double in the sixth inning against the Athletics kicked off a six-run explosion.


Angels' Matt Joyce gets night off vs. LHP Jason Vargas


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Angels outfielder Matt Joyce was given the night off against Kansas City left-hander Jason Vargas. It's the second time this season he's been given a game off against a southpaw. Joyce has just one hit in his first eight at-bats this season.

"He's going to do it [hit against lefties]," hitting coach Baylor said of Joyce, per the Orange County Register. "He's going to be an important factor for us, no doubt. He's got too good of a swing."

Collin Cowgill took his spot in left field and is batting eighth. Meanwhile, David Freese will bat in the cleanup spot, with C.J. Cron fifth.


Angels' Scioscia: The plan is to get C.J. Cron a lot of at-bats


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Angels first baseman C.J. Cron, who started at DH on Monday against the Mariners, will be given the chance to play regularly, even against elite right-handed starters, manager Mike Scioscia said.

“The plan is to get C.J. in for a lot of at-bats,” Scioscia said, per The Orange County Register. “No doubt in the spring he was swinging the bat better than he was last year. I want to give him a chance to see if he can come out and contribute.”


Angels 1B C.J. Cron improving on hitting to opposite field


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Angels first baseman C.J. Cron is having a very productive spring at the plate. Through 13 games, he is batting .364 (12 for 33) with two home runs, three doubles and five RBI.

Cron is having success this spring because he is able to hit to the opposite field.

“When he’s going right, that’s what you’re seeing him do more often,” manager Mike Scioscia said, per The Orange County Register. “He’s swinging it great.”

Cron had just five hits to right field, as opposed to 28 hits to left field last season. Cron said that’s not indicative of how he has swung throughout his minor-league career.

“It means you’re on time,” Cron said of hitting the ball to right field. “If you take that pitch outside and drive it to the other field, it’s better than rolling over (and pulling the ball weakly). I’m feeling comfortable. I’m seeing the ball good right now.”

The Angels are also looking for Cron to be more selective at the plate after he had just a .289 on-base percentage as a rookie in 2014.

“I think with experience you’ll see a player understand more and more what he can do and what pitches he’s putting better swings on,” Scioscia said. “That plate discipline doesn’t always lead to walks. It can lead to getting better pitches to hit. I think you are going to see him refine his selection of pitches more and more as his career goes on. I don’t know if all of it is showing up right now, but it will.”


Angels' Cron showing good power swing early in spring training


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2015) Angels 1B/DH C.J. Cron homered for the second straight game during Thursday's spring game against the Cubs. He went 2 for 4 with two runs and one RBI.

Cron is off to a good start this spring. He is batting .389 (7 for 18) with one double, two home runs, four RBI and four runs in seven games.


Angels first baseman C.J. Cron has minor surgery on wrist


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2015) Angels first basement C.J. Cron underwent a minor procedure on his wrist, manager Mike Scioscia said, via MLB.com.

Cron had a cyst in his wrist that needed to be removed. The procedure shouldn't affect Cron's availability in spring training.

In 2014, Cron hit .256 with 11 home runs.


Hamilton injury could free up at-bats for Angels' Joyce, Cowgill, Cron


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2015) With Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton doubtful for the start of the season due to shoulder surgery, his absence could open the door for more playing time in the outfield for Matt Joyce and Collin Cowgill. It could also mean more at-bats for C.J. Cron at DH, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“We don't envision this being a long-term issue, but 6-8 weeks is not a short-term thing,” general manager Jerry Dipoto said of Hamilton's injury. “We'll have a better idea when he gets back on the field doing baseball things.”